Helen Knowling

Organisational Development Lead


At the Ryes we place a high value on developing the skill set and knowledge base of our staff so that they can respond to the variety of needs of the young people who come into our service. We believe in training and developing our staff to equip them with the knowledge and skills to work with young people in complex situations. 


As well as our core mandatory training, we also offer workshops to explore different conditions that affect behaviour and to think about how we should respond for positive outcomes.  These workshops include understanding Autistic Spectrum, Attachment and Trauma. 

We recognise that learning about conditions in isolation is not enough for effectively working with our young people who may have multiple complex issues.  Applying the training specifically to individual young people allows us to really explore what presenting behaviours we may see and consider what are the underlying functions of behaviour. 


At induction phase we get all new staff trained to understand backgrounds of our young people and the barriers they have in place to preserve them from the pain of loss.  Staff will go through a journey of development, learning about many aspects of working with young people who struggle to engage with adults or see their own worth.  See below for just some of the workshops we offer to staff to support their CPD.  We also involve new staff in Secure Base reflection meetings and Planning Live meetings to learn how to think therapeutically about behaviours, triggers and strategies. This supports their daily practice and gives them the opportunity and confidence to ‘try out’ new strategies and develop more meaningful relationships with our young people.

We also have a wide network of resources to access any further training which we feel may enhance our own continuing professional development programme. We value continuous personal development and support members of our teams to access formal qualifications through our local college to consolidate their knowledge and increase their confidence to engage and inspire our young people.


These are a small selection of the workshops we run regularly ...

Understanding Core Attachment

Explores how children form attachments, how internal working models shape the external world .  Looks at how insecure attachments impact on behaviour and how we can work with children with poor attachment. Secure attachments support mental processes that enable the child to regulate emotions, reduce fear, attune to others, have self-understanding and modify behaviours. Insecure attachments can have unfortunate consequences. If a child cannot rely on an adult to respond to their needs in times of stress, they are unable to learn how to soothe themselves, manage their emotions and engage in reciprocal relationships.


Restorative Approaches

In this interactive session, we define what restorative approaches are and what it means to work ‘WITH’ yp. We look at how we weave restorative principles into daily life.  We consider how the approach avoids tipping a person into shame but rather encourages us to take responsibility for our actions in ways that are bearable, reflective and in collaboration with others


Understanding Brain Development and the Impact of Trauma

We look at how the child’s brain develops from birth and forms pathways based on social interaction and external experiences.  This gives an understanding of how trauma can impact on that development, how it impacts on a young person’s ability to cope with the outside world and how staff can affect change

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Secure Base Model

The Secure Base Model introduces an attachment-based parenting model as devised by Gillian Schofield & Mary Beek – and looks at the five elements of the Secure Base star – Availability, Sensitivity, Acceptance, Co-Operation, Family Membership The attachment and resilience-based framework of the model promotes relationships and interactions that builds children’s trust and reduces their anxiety 

Conditions and Strategies

This workshop is not exhaustive!  We will tailor workshops to specifically address conditions or barriers that our young people may have that need specific interventions.  These workshops are interactive and discussion based to gather information about the individual and look at strategies that can help staff connect with the young person and support positive outcomes.

Understanding ASD Behaviours

An introduction to Autistic Spectrum Disorder, understanding how autism is assessed, making sense of behaviours. Also gaining an insight into the difficulties from a communication, social interactions and understandings, sensory and imagination perspective. 


This training explores the of functions of behaviour (why we do what we do), recognising patterns of behaviour through ABC charting and developing ways to support through Secure Base and Positive Behaviour Support.


+ProActive Approaches

+ProActive Approaches is an ‘attachment & trauma informed’, behaviour support system for SEMH and Autism services. The philosophy behind +ProActive Approaches is one of understanding, empathy and is built upon adopting a proactive, child-centred mindset in relation to behaviours of concern.

By empowering staff members with the essential knowledge, they become inquisitive about behaviour and equipped with the skills to analyse and identify potential causes, considering possibilities ranging from, trauma & attachment, sensory, communication difficulties, frustration, anxiety or environmental factors. This important analysis not only allows staff to correctly recognise and understand behaviours but subsequently develop an appropriate support plan which lessens the likelihood of behaviour reoccurring. It also aims to minimise the potential for empathy fatigue and blocked care.

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Understanding and Working with Sexually Harmful Behaviour

Training explores when Sexualised Behaviour becomes a concern and goes beyond healthy sexual development.  Identifies (in conjunction with previous trauma training) why some of our young people display this behaviour. 

Training explores how behaviour cycles can lead to high risk behaviours, helps us understand the Dysfunctional Cycle and how our young people may present throughout this cycle.  Identifies strategies to help staff be able to support young people proactively and with empathy.  Identifies strategies for young people to be able to recognise their own behaviours and break the abusive cycle.

Ryes Care

Registered office:  3 Skyview Business Centre,

9 Churchfield Road,  Sudbury, CO10 2YA

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